Thom Browne kinda annoys me. I read an interview with him where he seemed like an arrogant berk, coming off like he thought he was the saviour of fashion and the only one who’s ever thought of playing with proportions. Having said that, his AW08 show does exactly what I’ve been moaning that other designers showing in New York don’t do – he takes risks and doesn’t just play to the crowds. You can’t win with me.
Continuing on his mission to tear up the proportions rule book, he showed trousers with a waistband up round your ear’oles and hems up round your knees. Jackets were short boleros or finished mid-thigh. There was also huge feathered confections and cocoon like capes.
A circus theme knitted the whole thing together with one model on stilts and a couple of Siamese twins. One model was wrapped in tight bands.
If you think this sounds all like theatrics, you’re probably right. Supposedly there’s some wearable clothes behind it all but really the whole thing just wore thin with me. Nothing pops out as being well constructed, or making good use of fabric, or as just being flattering. It just seems to be stubbornly non-conformist for the sake of being ornery and I wouldn’t beg a stitch of it.
[Pics via Catwalking]